Staff Biography

Michael Gillenwater



Dr. Gillenwater is a co-founder, Executive Director, and Dean of the Greenhouse Gas Management Institute, a non-profit organization with the unique mission to train and professionalize a global community of experts for measuring, auditing and managing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Michael is a thought leader on GHG measurement, reporting, and verification (MRV), carbon offsets, and renewable energy markets. He has dedicated his career to professional development, capacity building and the creation of the infrastructure needed to produce highly credible environmental information that can serve as the basis of market and other compliance mechanisms. Beyond guiding the Institute’s strategy and programming, Michael also directs the Institute’s curriculum development and educational initiatives.


He has been a lead author for the Nobel Peace Prize winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change since 1999, and is actively engaged in the work of the UN Climate Change secretariat, including the training of compliance experts for the Kyoto Protocol and UNFCCC. He has repeatedly been a core advisor and contributing author to the WRI/WBCSD GHG Protocol. At the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, he was lead author of the U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory, which serves as the official report and statistics on U.S. emissions. He has also served on the U.S. negotiating team to UN conferences on climate change.


He is active in scholarly research and has been widely published in peer-reviewed journals. He also founded and serves as a co-Editor in Chief for the peer reviewed journal Carbon Management published by Tyler & Francis. Dr. Gillenwater completed his PhD at the Science, Technology & Environmental Policy Program at Princeton University, where his research was on the economics of renewable energy and emission markets and design of environmental commodities. He has three master’s degrees: in environmental engineering and public policy, both from MIT, and in Evolutionary Systems from the University of Sussex where he was a Fulbright scholar. He has bachelors in mechanical engineering from Texas A&M.


Alessandra Barreca


Alessandra Barreca, Key Legal Expert in the EuropeAid/134454/D/SER/TR Technical Assistance for Support to Mechanism for Monitoring Turkey’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions, is a lawyer and free lance consultant.

She is also researcher within the Environmental Legal Team Research Group at the University of Siena and lecturer within the Capacity Building Programme on Environmental Management set up in the framework of the Sino-Italian bilateral cooperation.

Her main consultancy and research areas cover International and EU Environmental Law and Climate Change Law.

She has been a consultant to the Italian Ministry for the Environment Land and Sea from 2004 to 2014 in the framework of bilateral projects aiming at supporting the Balkan Countries in the approximation to the EU Environment and Climate Acquis and legal expert in Environment and Climate Change related Europe Aid projects.

She has been chief legal expert in the framework of research projects funded by private and public bodies.


Luciano Pasi

Luciano Pasi, Ph.D., was born in Rome in 1959. He graduated from the Agricultural Science Faculty of the University of Perugia in 1983,magna cum laude. He served his country as an officer of the Carabinieri Corp in 1984. Then he took a Master in Agricultural Economics at the University of Naples and worked as an agricultural economist in Italy and abroad until 1988. He took a Ph.D. in Economics from the European University Institute in 1992, with a thesis on the existence of equilibrium in economies with public goods.

An entrepreneur, he is President of the cooperative of consultant that he co-founded in 1983, member of the board of PANGEA sc and of other 2 firms. He has a good working knowledge of English, French and Spanish.

He was general director of an Italian-Russian joint venture and also President of the Italian parent company afterward. In 1997 he was chief operating officer of a company that was among the first companies in Italy to leverage on the Internet for the distribution of agricultural products. His cooperative used to work in the area of the IACS since 1990, with yearly assignments to control the applications of farmers in all Italian regions. In 1999 he was the leader of a group of 110 technicians after winning a bid by the government agency AIMA to perform controls in 12 Italian regions.

For the CISA he was Director of two nine months training courses financed by the EU, and teacher in many others, mainly dealing with agricultural economics.

Since 2000, he took several assignments from different companies to perform as expert in missions abroad: in France he collaborated with CEMAGREF to an IT project to diminish the environmental impact of farming, in Equatorial Guinea for PANGEA sc he presented a project for remote sensing and a LPIS to the Ministry of Agriculture.

His cooperative co-founded in 2006 the Cooprogetti PD group with other 3 Italian cooperatives: the group is implementing the Italian LPIS and IACS related to the European Agricultural Policy since then.

In 2013 and 2014 he was assigned to several missions in Pakistan by the IAO, the cooperation Institute of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Currently he is executive director of the PANGEA’s branch in Ankara, where the company is implementing a project on monitoring the greenhouse gas emissions in Turkey.

A seasoned cooperator, at 56 he still has a lot of drive and is an acknowledged leader. An amateur climber, he also practices cycling and can run a km in less than 5 minutes. When he has time and the weather is rainy he likes woodworking and the maintenance of different appliances or of his motorbike (a 950 KTM carburettor type). During the night, apart from sleeping, he is an avid reader of world literature. Luciano Pasi has a 20 years old daughter and a 15 years old son: their mother -a french lawyer turned professor- graciously accepted to marry him on June 2014.



Mrs. Gamze Çelikyılmaz‐Aydemir has an education from different disciplines starting from her BSc degree on Chemical Engineering from Istanbul Technical University, and MSc degree on Environmental Sciences & Policy from University of Manchester.

Following her studies, she worked for Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe, in Hungary as a Climate Change expert and a project manager for more than 6 years. Throughout her experience at the REC, she has been involved in several Sustainable Energy and Climate Change Related Projects and Programmes. She took part in several Climate Change policy analysis projects covering the CEE region and Turkey. She has been actively involved in policy assessments, through analysing countries’ potential for compliance with the Kyoto targets, conducted country studies and made assessments for sectoral GHG emissions in SEE Region and Turkey. Among many other international publications, she has also co-authored European Environment Agency’s “Greenhouse Gas Emission Trends and Projections in Europe 2008”, being responsible from the Chapter regarding Turkey.

After returning to Turkey, she has been also involved in Corporate Carbon management issues besides Climate Change Policy, in order to support Turkish Private sector for compliance with new Turkish Regulation on GHG emissions Monitoring and Reporting. She also took part in several EU funded projects in Turkey as Climate Change local expert, and co-authored some publications of TUBİTAK.

Throughout the years, Mrs. Aydemir gathered broad experience in Turkish Climate Change Policies and the process of Turkish Institutional and Legal development for compliance with Kyoto Protocol and approximation to EU Climate Change Acquis Communautaire including possible integration of MRV Directive in Turkey. She has been attending COP meetings since 2008.

Ober the years, she has took active part in coordinating and organizing events such as regional workshops, trainings and stakeholder consultation events for supporting the SEE governments and Turkey to shape their GHG emission policies.

Presently she is working as Deputy Team Leader in the TASK-GHG Project.



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